(Germanische Leistungsrune)


Date Instituted

15 July 1943


Awarded to members of the SS and Germanische-SS who passed the tests in:
* Individual achievement (running, long jump, swimming, shooting etc)
* Team achievement (relay, rope climbing, 30 km march etc)
* Ideology (written essay and group discussion)

Number awarded


Estimated price (2009)

€ 4.000

Heinrich Himmler awarding Germanic Proficiency Runes
(Courtesy of Dave)


This award also had local names:
Denmark: SS-Æresruner or SS-Ærestegn
Netherlands: Germaansche Leistungsrune
Norway: Germanske Runemerke or Germanske Dugleiksrune

Photo courtesy of Fritz Kleist

Sources used

Christopher Ailsby - World War 2 German medals and political awards
John R. Angolia - For Führer and Fatherland: Political & Civil awards of the Third Reich
David Littlejohn - Orders, decorations, medals and badges of the Third Reich
Detlev Niemann - Price Guide Germany 1871-1945 (2009)